Why does my laptop say Wi-Fi isn’t on?

Anne Podina August 6, 2012

I have a HP Pavilion G series laptop and a Netis Wireless router. My laptop says Wi-Fi is not on in the control panel for Windows, and I can’t seem to turn it on, either. What is wrong?

  1. GrrGrrr
    August 12, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Go to device manager & check the Wireless card to see if it is in enable state, and also if the driver is available.

    Also provide exact make/model

  2. James West
    August 9, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    You should check the wifi card it self and make sure it's plugged in. I had this problem when i got my laptop back from the shop. I discovered the wireless card was no longer connected.

  3. robbannister1
    August 8, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Many of the HP pavilion laptops are plagued with this problem. It's caused by over heating and the screen is known to go black after wireless disappears. You could get a wireless dongle which will work but remember not to put the laptop down on carpet so the cooling fan gets blocked.

  4. Christopher Harlan
    August 7, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    You can check your computer for any switches that say that wifi is off. If that doesn't work, go into your network and sharing center, and find the link to "Change adapter settings". From there you can right click on your adapter and turn it on if it is disabled.

  5. ha14
    August 7, 2012 at 8:49 am

    1) Open HP Wireless Assistant and select the "Properties" setting. This opens a "Settings" dialog box.
    2) Select the "Independent Controls..." button, then "Apply"
    3) This adds an "Action" field in HP Wireless Assistant for the wireless network card.
    4) Select "Turn On" in the Action field.

    you can try this
    1) Click start
    2) Type services.msc in the search bar, Open services.msc
    3) Search DNS client and DHCP Client services and start the services to automatic if they are stopped.
    4) Network Connections >> set to manual
    5) Network List Service >> startup manual
    6) Network Location Awareness >> startup to Automatic
    7) Network Store Interface Service >> startup to Automatic

    Update BIOS
    reinstall wireless driver

  6. Anay Chaubal
    August 7, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Old HP Laptops had a sliding switch or a button near top of the keyboard to turn wireless functions such as bluetooth, and wifi on / off. New ones use a hotkey, or a switch, depending upon the model. You could search for one on the side of the base of the laptop or among the keys above your keyboard. In case there is no such physical switch, there will be a hotkey that you will need to press in conjunction with the function (Fn) key to enable wireless mode. You can get the location of the switch or hotkey from the user manual of your laptop. In case you do not have the user manual, then you may download it from HP's website after finding out your model number from the many labels on the bottom side of your laptop.

  7. ferdinan Sitohang
    August 7, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Please make sure you already turn on your wireless from keyboard or any button in your computer. If you already turn it on, check in your network setting that your wireless connection is enable, and not disable. Even you turn on your wireless, it is useless if you disable it in your network setting

  8. Dayaanand1
    August 7, 2012 at 3:21 am

    Just check the router settings and confirm that the wifi reception on your laptop is ON. to check this see the sides of the laptop for any physical switch/ slider and also check the soft button (Fn + wireless hot key). Also check that the wifi drivers are properly installed for your laptop model and OS.

  9. Suman Acharya
    August 7, 2012 at 1:33 am

    nothing wrong. to turn on wi-fi, its often f2, f12, or key combination like fn+f2, fn+f12.
    look for antenna sign on keys - if it has color like fn key press it with fn key, same color as other keys press once to turn on and press again to turn off.

  10. EL
    August 7, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Check the front, side, and back edges. Most laptops have a switch somewhere to turn wifi on/off.

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